Archive - Steve Peterson

West Coast Editor

Steve Peterson has been in the game business for 30 years now as a designer (co-designer of the Champions RPG among others), a marketer (for various software companies) and a lecturer. Follow him on Twitter @20thLevel.

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5 EA: Console transition to "determine market leadership for rest of decade"

A year ago [UPDATED] EA stock jumps over 14% on forecast. We examine EA's strategy for the next year as it looks to ramp up efforts for the next-gen consoles

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8 Will Wright: Games "falling way short" as a medium

A year ago The veteran designer believes the industry is far from realizing games' potential; he also says EA's Sim City server problems were "inexcusable"

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4 Google hires Noah Falstein as chief game designer

A year ago What are the search giant's plans for the game industry?

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3 Gamers love swag: The lucrative world of collector's editions

A year ago We talk to one of the leading makers of game items about how they're made, the impact on sales, and why fans get crazy about game swag

Facebook: Q1 game revenue up 12%, Zynga down 37%

A year ago Zuckerberg says Zynga's “growth hasn't been as awesome as everyone had hoped”

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20 Mobile to be "primary hardware" for gaming by 2016

A year ago Shifting mobile game market to hit $9 billion in 2016, says Juniper; tablets helping to drive in-app purchases

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5 Games need more direction, says filmmaker James McTeigue

A year ago The V for Vendetta director says there has to be a "master of the ship" on a game at some point so that designers don't get bogged down in minutiae

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25 Riot: Don't ban your players, reform them

A year ago Riot is taking a very scientific and psychological approach to player behavior, and it's only helping to increase League of Legends' popularity

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App Annie: Amazon Appstore could grow to the size of iTunes

A year ago Analytics firm now supplying data for Amazon as it expands to nearly 200 countries

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3 Zynga's bet on midcore, real-money gaming could be a win

A year ago Profitable, but smaller, Zynga is aiming to turn its business around with new games, midcore, mobile, and real-money gaming

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6 Brian Fargo: We no longer have to answer to the Walmart buyer

A year ago The head of InXile talks about the big advantages of crowdfunding, eliminating gatekeepers, cooperating with Obsidian and more

4 Apple sells 37 million iPhones but profits dip in Q1

A year ago The company also sold 19.5 million iPads in the quarter, but gross margins fell

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11 Chris Roberts: I can be more profitable than AAA games on a fifth of sales

A year ago The veteran developer talks about Star Citizen's development process, the problems with big publishers and whether the PS4 may see his game

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BBC aspires to Defiance-like transmedia approach

A year ago Robert Nashak, BBC's EVP for digital, explains how the company deals with its vast array of IP and why BBC is so excited for Microsoft's next-gen Xbox

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4 Game Marketing: "If the rules of the game aren't working, change the rules"

A year ago Sessions on the growth of eSports, The Walking Dead's marketing, and the “wild wild west” of Google Play reveal how some are reaching new audiences

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8 Microsoft keeps quiet, but the numbers say change is needed

Opinion A year ago There was barely a hint of a new console in Microsoft's earnings call, but Xbox unit sales continue to decline

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24 Gordon Walton: Publishers see devs as "replaceable meat puppets"

A year ago Veteran exec laments the treatment of dev teams, talks about Riccitiello's struggle, and predicts Activision's business ending in "catastrophe"

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7 Life After Disney: Warren Spector's Exit Interview

A year ago Veteran dev says he "doesn't understand" Junction Point's closure, triple-A is "soul crushing" and expresses interest in mobile and episodic

3 Digital game sales growing 33%

A year ago GDC 2013: Analysts from NPD, iResearch and Digi-Capital present data on the growing digital game market across the world

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5 GameStop: Wii U sales “disappointing” but PS4 purchase intent "strong"

A year ago GameStop saw revenue drop 7% last year, projects flat revenue for 2013 in best case

Top mobile games have new competition

A year ago The App Annie Index for February shows a diverse collection of old and new games and some surprising shifts

1 How ethical design can be a money-maker

A year ago GDC 2013: Shellrazer designer describes the key to monetization and in-app purchases; it's all about respect for the players

Zynga.com makes Facebook optional

A year ago Zynga reduces its reliance on Facebook as it adds more games to its own platform

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5 Ex-EA execs weigh in on CEO transition

A year ago One EA veteran calls Riccitiello the main reason EA stopped kicking ass

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14 LucasArts: A Publisher In Limbo

A year ago Rumors are swirling about a possible shutdown; game production is said to continue for now, but the future direction under Disney is very unclear